Sunday, November 14, 2010

Blessed are you when people insult you.

"Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (Matthew 5:11-12)

Jesus seems to be suggesting that the prophets’ reward is great because they anticipated the message He brings. As for “rejoice and be glad,” we must ask what the alternative is: to be ground down by the persecution one must suffer; to give up; to let go of the message of Jesus and to wallow, paralyzed, in one’s despair. Jesus is giving hope to those who are suffering. There is a reward that will come if only we have faith and trust in him. Jesus lets us know that all will be well and those who put their faith in him will not be disappointed.

Peace and love,


"This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. " (1 John 4:9-10)

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